While we are all regularly influenced by our environments, the Stone family has been particularly affected by the events in their community. First, the family's perception of the lack of adequate response by law enforcement to the arson that killed multiple family members and now, the redevelopment of the neighborhood has created suspicion and lack of trust in public entities. Exacerbated by the current family issues regarding care of Winifred, ownership of the family home, future of the memorial park, and the legal and physical status of the two grandchildren, this is a family experiencing multiple crises. Of critical importance in implementing a social work intervention is the need to consider the way in which the community impacts the family (collectively and individually) and, conversely, the way in which the family impacts the neighborhood and community. As you move through the information and activities related to working with individuals and families, keep in mind the ever-present and fluid connections that exist between the members of the Stone family and the people and organizations that make up the Brickville community. Specifically, consider the influence that the individual/family intervention has on the community and the influence on the family of the intervention-related events occurring in the community.
Building on the assessment and planning phase, outline in detail the intervention steps to be implemented for Virginia Stone and her family.
Possibilities for social work intervention may include:
- help the family to determine if Winifred is eligible for in-home services or if moving into an assisted living or skilled care facility is more appropriate given her level of care needs.
- assist Virginia in determining the process for gaining title to her family's home
- link Virginia to psychosocial support and advocacy opportunities
Short- and long-term activities for Virginia include:
- Invite her siblings to participate in a family conference to discuss their mother's health status and care needs.
- Contact Legal Services to apply for legal assistance in determining her ownership of the house.
- Assist the social worker in identifying community residents who may be interested in joining a support group for persons experiencing loss and change.